Certain crossovers and SUVs have gone through seemingly radical transformations lately, at times risking their reputations in favour of a little more finesse and dynamic vigour. That's not really the case with BMW's 2014 X5; The german company keeps the focus of the X5 remarkably similar to that of its original 'Sports Activity Vehicle' label-except the new one sees a more advanced technology and style, warmer cabin appointments, and a slight degree of performance improvement.
The third-generation BMW X5 is said to arrive in Australia during November this year. The three-model line-up's biggest selling points will be the improved fuel consumption and higher standard equipment levels.
The xDrive 30d will be the base car in Australia, not different than in the rest of the world really. The price for this base car will set back buyers 99,990 AUD (before on-road costs and the optional fluff).
The new X5 xDrive 30d’s comes with an upgraded turbo-diesel engine. The 3.0-litre six-cylinder produces 190kW of power and 560Nm of torque. The entry-level car will accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 6.9 seconds – seven-tenths quicker than before – yet fuel consumption falls more than 16 per cent to 6.2L/100km.
The only petrol model in the launch range is xDrive 50i. Coming enhanced with a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre engine, this V8 will pump out 330kW and 650Nm. Thus, its 0-100km sprint will be as quick as 5 seconds. The fuel consumption also reduces 16 per cent to 10.5L/100km. The announced price of the BMW X5 xDrive 50i is 133,900 AUD.
The top of the range will be BMW's M50d. Though not looking that different from the second generation model, the major improvements are in the performance department. The M50d will produce 280kW/740Nm through its triple-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six engine. Money-wise, compared to the last version, this will save 10% to your fuel bill, needing 6.7l / 100km. The official cost for the top of the range car is 147,900 AUD.
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